Wednesday 10th April, 2013
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Nathan Jurgenson’s recent work has strongly challenged two assumptions that pervade both popular and scholarly writing on social media and mobile technology: first, the notion he disagrees with and terms ‘digital dualism’, i.e. that online and offline are largely separate spaces; and second, the idea that offline can be equated with real life, while the online is merely virtual, and that logging off might cure all of society’s ills and makes one more human, which he calls ‘the IRL fetish’.
In this Twitter-based Q&A session, participants will have a chance to ask Nathan about his work, and to discuss how his ideas pose challenges to the nascent research paradigms taking shape around Twitter and other microblogging platforms. Participants (whether physically present in Lancaster or participating from another location) are strongly encouraged to read two of Nathan’s articles prior to the session:
"When Atoms Meet Bits: Social Media, the Mobile Web and Augmented Revolution" in Future Internet:
"The IRL Fetish" essay in The New Inquiry:
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